[ kuh-pas-i-tee ]
/ kəˈpæs ɪ ti /

noun, plural ca·pac·i·ties.


reaching maximum capacity: a capacity audience; a capacity crowd.

Origin of capacity

1375–1425; late Middle English capacite < Middle French < Latin capācitāt- (stem of capācitās), equivalent to capāci-, stem of capāx roomy (cap(ere) to hold + -āci- adj. suffix) + -tāt- -ty2

Can be confused

ability capacity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for capacity


/ (kəˈpæsɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

Word Origin for capacity

C15: from Old French capacite, from Latin capācitās, from capāx spacious, from capere to take
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Medicine definitions for capacity


[ kə-păsĭ-tē ]


The measure of potential cubic contents of a cavity or receptacle; volume.
Ability to perform or produce; capability.
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